FACULTY & STAFF

REBECCA BRYAN RAD RTS

Co-Owner/

Artistic Director

Rebecca Bryan is a certified-registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, one of six in the state of Florida. She has been teaching for over twenty years, owning and directing three schools in Houston, TX, Bradenton, FL and now Sarasota, FL. She has had extensive classical ballet training under the Royal Academy of Dance and the Cecchetti Council of America.

Her keen sense of communication and patience with students and their individual abilities, instills a discipline and eagerness to learn. Her unique method of teaching sparks a love of the arts in students of all ages.

MEGHAN SINCLAIR

Co-Owner/

Artistic Director

Meghan Sinclair has had 20 years of classical ballet and dance training under master teachers, from all over the world. She was successful in her RAD Major Syllabus Advanced I Exam and has been accepted into the RAD Teaching Certificate Program.

Meghan took  her first RAD exam at the age  of seven passing with Distinction. She has been in love with the art of expression through movement ever since. Meghan has encompassed the passion of discipline, love of performance and the heart and patience for teaching.

EMILY ARTHUR

Faculty

Emily Arthur is thrilled to be a teacher at Sarasota Dance Academy, and is eager to embark on another exciting season of dance. Emily graduated from the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg, where she earned a degree in history and education with summa cum laude distinction. Previously, Emily has danced with several local schools, where she has accumulated years’ worth of training in classical ballet and en pointe. She enjoys performing, and has had roles in various dance and community theater productions. She has also spent her time as a teaching assistant in several elementary and high school classrooms, where she has worked to infuse the arts with common curriculum. She seeks to foster an environment that is creative, engaging, and thoughtful, and looks forward to working with students of Sarasota Dance Academy as they navigate and explore their education and passion for dance.

SARA FRIEND

Faculty

Sara Friend began her dance training in the core subjects of ballet, tap, and jazz and quickly found her passion for tap. She performed and competed with her high school’s premier coed show choir. Throughout her time as a student at New College of Florida, Sara was a tap dance teacher and choreographer for college students who were new to the art of tap dancing.

Sara strongly believes in the power of dance as an art form that can help students to express themselves, love who they are, and believe in their abilities. As she instructs, she creates a collaborative atmosphere that focuses on rhythm and musicality, body awareness, and the power of performance for cultivating joy both in performers and in their audience.

JOELLE KISSEL
Faculty

Joelle Kissel began dancing at the age of five, training in ballet, tap and jazz. She continued dancing competitively until she graduated from high school, adding pointe, contemporary, modern, musical theatre and hip hop to her training. Joelle continued her dance education at East Carolina University, where she majored in dance performance. While she was there, Joelle  had the opportunity to attend and perform in the American College Dance Association in 2013 and 2017. She graduated from ECU in 2017 with a BFA in dance performance and performed in Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream, in their production of Fiends that fall. Shortly after she trained in ballroom dancing until 2018. Joelle then pursued a fitness education and obtained certifications in pilates reformer, personal training, and BarreAbove.

SARA METZLER

Faculty

bio coming soon!

JENNIFER PERRY

Faculty

Jennifer is excited to be training the talented students at Sarasota Dance Academy. Her credits include over 200 performances as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, over 100 performances in Neil Goldberg’s Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy and in Mark Marino’s off Broadway debut of Mixed Emotions. She has appeared on nationally aired television programs for Univision and ESPN and in commercials for Radio City Productions, Foxwoods and Univision. Jennifer has performed in many corporate industrials including Coca-Cola, Goodyear and Bayer and has taught around the country on the faculty of prestigious dance organizations including Dance Olympus, Dance Educators of America and Florida Dance Masters. She has judged regional and national competitive dance events for On Stage America, Dance USA and others. Jennifer holds a BFA degree in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida (USF) where she was a member of the UDA National Finalist USF SunDolls Dance Team.

RUBIE GAUDETTE

Guest Faculty 

Rubie is an athletic trainer at IMG Academy where she works with the varsity and national football programs. Rubie began dance at a young age at the Turning Point Dance Center in Biddeford Maine. She grew up on performance and competition teams at TTPDC and danced for her high school’s dance company, where she first started choreographing for school performances. After high school Rubie joined the modern dance company, Collective Motion. She attended the University of Southern Maine, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training to go on to Western Michigan University, obtaining a Masters of Science in Athletic Training. While in college she not only danced and choreographed for Collective Motion, she was also a member of the Lady Red Claws and a Portland Pirates Ice Girl. Dance has always been an important part of her life and she couldn’t be happier to share her love for it.

STUDENT ASSISTANTS

ALI

Student Assistant since 2019

CATHERINE

Student Assistant since 2018

LAUREN

Student Assistant since 2019

BELLA

Student Assistant since 2018

EMMA

Student Assistant since 2018

MYLEE

Student Assistant since 2019

CHLOE

Student Assistant since 2016

GRETTA

Student Assistant since 2019